One man’s (or woman’s) trash is another’s treasure.

upholster and used furniture cleaningThat’s what they say, at least.

It’s a lot of fun to search for used furniture at garage sales, consignment stores, and antique stores.  You may even inherit a piece of furniture from a friend or relative. Not only can you find some incredible pieces of furniture, but you can save some money as well.

As exciting as this process is, you’re going to want to make sure that you take the time to sanitize your newfound treasure. This is important – you don’t want to bring germs or bacteria into your home. In addition to removing these unwanted inhabitants, it will also help to rid used furniture of unpleasant odors.

The first step is to be sure that your furniture is properly disinfected.  There are a number of ways to disinfect your furniture. You can purchase sanitizing wipes, aerosol sprays, or create your own mixture of vinegar and warm water. Or, you can call in professionals like Great Plains Chem-Dry, who will use professional strength sanitizer to eliminate unhealthy bacteria.

After you have sanitized and disinfected your furniture, you can begin chasing away any unwanted odors.  Because many of these odors are caused by moisture that has been trapped in the fabric or pet odors, fabric fresheners and deodorizers won’t be enough to get rid of the musty smell.  Instead, you should try cleaning the fabric with warm water and vinegar or using baking soda. Or, once again, you can call Great Plains Chem-Dry who specializes in eliminating unwanted odors, including pet odors, and not just masking them.

After following these necessary steps, you will be able to feel comfortable bringing the furniture into your home and you can enjoy your new masterpieces!